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Most ‘Almond Milk’ is Fake or Filled With Additives, Here’s a Recipe to Make Your Own


Many of us have stopped drinking cow’s milk for many reasons; top three being: ethics, allergies, and knowing the truth. Milk has always been sold to us as crucial for our bone health. Drink a lot and remove bone problems from your future! A study published in the British Medical Journal found that high milk intake was associated with higher death rates and higher incidences of broken bones!

So why is everybody told to drink milk? Mary Schooling, of The City University of New York School of Public Health, says that the public health guidelines were based on opinion and assumption rather than studies that looked at milk’s health benefits.

Now that we know milk is not only unethical but bad for you, what next?

Milk is an ingredient found everywhere. It’s in baking, cereal, coffee, and that’s not including dairy products such as cheese and yogurt. We’re in luck because there are many great alternatives available. Almond, soy, coconut, and cashew milk have all been introduced to stores and taste great, right?


Well, yes and no. They may be a great milk alternative, but have you LOOKED at the ingredient list?

The Ingredient List

Synthetic vitamins A Palmitate, D2, E (tocopherol acetate) and calcium carbonate (chalk) are all found in these milk alternatives.

Vitamin A Palmitate is associated with birth defects and bone fractures. It provides no health benefits and worsens joint disorders, osteoporosis, and dry skin, eyes, and mouth.  It also induces enlargement of the liver and spleen, irritability, drowsiness, fatigue, and insomnia. The list goes on and on. You do NOT want this in your body.

Vitamin D2  in 50 mg doses or more is toxic for adults. It leaves you with abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, muscle weakness, and bone pain. Avoid it at all costs.

Tocopherol Acetate increases the risk of prostate cancer in healthy men. After absorption, a protein in the liver only recognizes natural vitamin E, and the synthetic vitamin E is excreted.


Calcium Carbonate comes from chalk and eggshells. It’s associated with cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, and kidney stones. It can even increase the rate of hip fractures in older women.

How do we avoid milk and it’s alternatives?

Well, you don’t need to AVOID the alternatives at all, you just need to make your own. Below is a delicious, chemical-free recipe for homemade almond milk.

DIY Almond Milk


What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup raw organic almonds
  • 10 cups filtered water (divided in half)
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (optional but encouraged)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Cheesecloth
  • Strainer


  1. Soak almonds in 5 cups of water overnight in a covered bowl
  2. Strain nuts and at them to a blender with remaining water and blend until pulverized and milky
  3. Place cheesecloth over strainer and drain almond meal into your storage container
  4. Press cheesecloth lightly to expel excess liquid
  5. Put mixture back in blender with remaining ingredients and blend well
  6. Place milk back into storage container, and keep in your fridge for up to a week

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Here are a few more great recipes to make your own milk at home!



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Michelle Toole is the founder and head editor of Healthy Holistic Living. Learn all about her life's inspiration and journey to health and wellness.
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